Friday, 28 August 2009
All things Aldi
As the bank holiday approaches it’s time to look at the special offers the supermarkets run over these long weekends, to see whether there is any dirt cheap cooking lager to stock up on. 24 cans for a tenner is the nirvana, and I thought we were in at Tesco with this bit of excitement. However checking out this, it appears a red herring. More like 15 cans for a tenner. Checking out Sainsbury’s and 2 boxes of 15 for £15 on the Carling doesn’t look too shabby, but I’m likening the look of Morrison’s here, 3 boxes of San Miguel for £18. That’ll make for a little bit of holiday fun right here in Blighty.
However when I broke my lager fast, it wasn’t for a can of delicious refreshing British cooking lager it was to drink German cooking lager. The lure of cheap drink is international. Every country has its cheap grog, and when our Germanic cousins of the master race steer clear of the bier gardens and stay to drink cheap lout they drink a little known lout called Oettinger. Nice little article here, though it’s from 2005, explains that why the beer is popular with the Hun, but if you don’t fancy reading I can summarize it with the word “cheap”
I will let other beer blogs wax lyrical about obscure foreign beers bought at great expense. Here we drink cooking lager, so as you would expect, when looking at little known foreign beers it kinda has to be foreign cooking lager.
Where to buy this nectar? Aldi. I love Aldi, it’s a cheap German supermarket taking off in credit crunch Britain, because, well, because it’s cheap. It’s not just cheap, though, it’s cheap and fairly decent. The lady squeeze cannot stand Aldi; it has few brands and little choice. The lady squeeze likes ummming and arrring over the trivial. She likes taking time and going down every aisle of Tesco. I like the place though. I like the fact that if you want cornflakes the choice is the box they have got or not having cornflakes. There is no choice of brands and choice of sizes of box, there is the one brand and the one box. You cannot have a big box, but you can have 2 boxes. I like it, it’s simple. There is no standing in the aisle trying to decide. Shopping is putting your list in the trolley, paying and going and when you pay you’ve saved a few bob. When you open your faux brand of cornflakes you discover they are quite nice and the equal of anything more expensive.
Now for the lout. It’s gorgeous. 4.7%, Reinheitsgebot and all that so no adjuncts, but even so it’s a nice light easy going beer. The ingredients are in every language but English, but despite my rudimentary comprehensive British education which leaves most British illiterate and innumerate I manage to read the German and discover that its water, barley malt and hop extract. Ooo hop extract, that won’t please the beer purists. Interestingly the polish ingredients also state that it’s pasteurized as you’d expect from a can of lout, but that’s unmentioned in other languages. The only English bit is the information that it’s 1.9 units. It’s a gorgeous swig, though. Beery, but not too beery. You might be thinking cheap alternative to Becks or Holstein, but I’d go for this even if it wasn’t cheaper. The Hun has it. Cheap cooking lager that hits the spot. Has me wanting to invade Poland and annex Austria.